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So pristine was the remodelled school that we were beginning to wonder whether the girls felt able to let rip, but an art room full of plaster and paint be-smattered girls enthusiastically constructing props for a forthcoming play dispelled our concerns. We’ve seen some Forest Schools in our time and it has to be said that this is one where the word ‘forest’ is stretched rather thinly. This friendly and extremely well resourced prep would be…

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We offer a broad education, with academic success achieved through cultivating a sense of excitement and enthusiasm for learning from the earliest age. There is an emphasis on having fun, with trips to places of historical interest, plays, form assemblies, concerts and workshops. Numerous after school and lunch time clubs are offered, together with sporting activities and visiting speakers. Headington Prep School is committed to providing opportunities for girls regardless of their background or financial circumstances, and means tested bursaries of up to 100% are available to those joining the school at age 9. ...Read more

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Head

Since 2014, Jane Crouch BA, MA (40s). Studied French and geography at Keele. Her masters, in educational management and administration, is from the University of London. Was previously head of Dame Bradbury’s School, Saffron Walden and before that head of Ashford School, Kent and deputy head of Great Walstead, West Sussex. Mrs Crouch had the confidence of parents we spoke to and her easy, friendly relationship with the girls seems well established. Tempting though the calm of her study must be, she told us that she ‘loves getting into the classroom’ and was ‘determined to fit some teaching in’.

All possible building work having been done, we wondered whether Mrs Crouch wanted to redevelop any other aspect of the school. While not hatching plans for revolution, she told us that...

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Special Education Needs

There is an experienced Learning Enrichment department offering specialist tuition tailored to the pupil's specific needs. These are identified early through assessment, consultation with parents and discussion with teachers. The support is delivered within the context of the broader curriculum and may be classroom based or through individual or small group tuition. Support is offered at both ends of the spectrum, for pupils with mild learning difficulties and those who are gifted and talented in any area. The approach is multi-sensory and includes ICT software where appropriate. It is available across all year groups of the school, delivered flexibly in the following ways: - A one off session for a specific skill - A short term boost for a skill or area of learning - Ongoing support, which is required by a minority of pupils. These pupils have an Individual Education Plan, showing their targets and recommended strategies for the classroom, tutor and home. The Learning Enrichment team works closely with all teachers and with parents and in partnership with the pupil, whose progress is monitored closely. 10-09

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